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Educational Leadership (EdD)
Educational Leadership (EdD)
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Take the lead in your career

The Educational Leadership doctoral program examines the human, organizational, political, social and technical systems of educational institutions. As a Doctor of Education (EdD) you will be committed to socially just leadership and the transformation of education at the local, regional and national levels.

All in-person classes meet in the evenings on the Lincoln Park Campus. The program can be completed in just over three years.

You have the option to pursue one of three concentrations:

  • General Concentration
    The General Concentration provides a rich knowledge base to analyze administrative practices with a focus on PK-12 education. You can attend full-time or part-time.

  • Global Catholic Educational Leadership (GCEL)
    The GCEL concentration will prepare you to be a transformational leader at any level in Catholic educational institutions. The program focuses on issues specific to Catholic education. You’ll be challenged to expand your perspective and take action as an ally and activist for Catholic educational reform and social justice. This program is offered entirely online.

  • Higher Education
    The Higher Education concentration focuses on the specific needs of higher education institutions. You’ll be prepared for a leadership, administrative, policy or management position at a college or university.

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Real opportunities to learn and lead

The Archdiocese of Chicago is the country’s largest private school system, and Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s fourth-largest public school district. DePaul’s proximity gives you access to professional relationships as well as research and job opportunities.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are as follows:

  • Fall: August 15
  • Winter: December 1
  • Spring: March 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, résumé, letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a writing sample.

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Required Courses

You’ll take six core courses, five research courses, an elective, five concentration courses and complete two dissertation courses. An internship is required for superintendent licensure.

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of 2017 College of Education doctoral graduates are in jobs related to their degrees.


The average reported salary for 2017 Educational Leadership doctoral graduates was $104,250.

Expert instruction in school leadership

Associate Professor and award-winning author Andrea Kayne brings her background in both education and law to the practice of educational leadership. You’ll learn from her experiences in classes like School Law, Politics of Schooling, and Community and Consensus Building for School Improvement.

"I can say something positive and meaningful about all of my relationships with professors within the program. For example, Dr. Chennault really introduced me to the concept of social justice in a safe and powerful way. The care that he used in his lesson design and instructional strategy allowed students with wildly varying degrees of comfort and experience to learn at high levels. The fact that today I view important leadership decisions through a social justice lens is largely attributable to his good work."

Jeff Stawick

Alumni Network

As a Doctor of Education, you join a community of educators in building-level administration as principals, district-level administration as curriculum directors and superintendents, and at the university level as directors of enrollment systems. Educational Leadership EdD’s are currently leaders at City Colleges of Chicago, Dominican University, Harvard CUSD #50, Steger School District 194, District 97 and Chicago Public Library Foundation.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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